South likes: Runo Lagomarsino at Umberto Di Marino, Naples

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Runo Lagomarsino, One side and the other, 2014, stack of double-sided posters. Courtesy Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, Italy

South likes: Runo Lagomarsino at Umberto Di Marino, Naples
Ears go deeper than eyes can see
Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Naples, Italy
11 June – 9 October, 2014

Text by Michelangelo Corsaro

In the attempt to reread the past and imagine the future from different perspectives, Runo Lagomarsino created a series of handcrafted ceramic objects, inspired to some ceramic shards found by the artist on the beaches of Mauritius. With the title Ears go deeper than eyes can see, the show addresses issues of colonisation, knowledge circulation, and ideology of culture. Next to the ceramic objects, two piles of posters investigate different phases of conquest of Latin America, the first referring to a key text for reconstructing Inca culture, and the second to Manifesto of Emotional Architecture (1953). A series of turreted towers stamped on the wall to create a long barrier that surrounds the whole f the second room, where five exposed sun print papers refer to the sea as a vehicle of travel, discoveries, and political confrontation. The work For the ghosts and the raving poets is installed in the gallery, although its presence remains incomplete: a turned-off light bulb lies on the floor, only to be hung up and lit when the gallery is closed, never to be seen by visitors. The last work in the exhibition is Following the Light of the Sun, I Only Discovered the Ground, a slideshow of images from the archive of Zurab Tsereteli. Tsereteli, a Georgian-Russian artist who was commissioned to build the tallest sculpture in the world. The statue, never completed and currently being assembled in Puerto Rico, has been designed to celebrate the 500th anniversary Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. This last work somehow summarises the main focus of the exhibition, exposing the impossibility to celebrate a history of discoveries and encounters as well as of conflict, violence and domination.

http://www.galleriaumbertodimarino.com/runo-lagomarsino-ears-go-deeper-than-eyes-can-see-11-june-2014/

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Runo Lagomarsino, La Muralla Azul, 2014, rubber stamp on wall, 5 exposed Sunprint papers, mediterranean sun and mediterranean water.
 
Courtesy Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, Italy

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Runo Lagomarsino, Following the Light of the Sun, I Only Discovered the Ground, 2012 -2014, 
dia projection loop, with sound – The Russian Anthem instrumental version and stamp. 
Courtesy Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, Italy

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For the ghosts and the raving poets, 2013, cable, light bulb. Courtesy Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, Italy

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Ears go deeper than eyes can see, 2014, exhibition view. 
Courtesy Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, Italy

 

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